The markets have so much to offer this time of year, so get your shopping list going for your holiday meals and get ready for some cozy meals with you and yours!
Start off your holidays right with these delicious appetizers. Everyone loves a bit of salmon and oysters to whet their pallets, especially with local ingredients.
Salmon Gravlax with Buckwheat Blini
A twist on a classic for those wanting an app that will wow the crowd. A bit of effort to prepare these ingredients goes a long way—or you can cut some corners and grab some smoked salmon from a vendor at the market.
Pears with Blue Cheese + Prosciutto
Simple, tasty ingredients wrapped together in a perfect pre-meal bite. These will surely pop with market pears and local goat blue cheese.
Pump up the flavor on your favorite oysters with herbs from the market and a bit of pancetta to seal the deal. Market bacon works great, too.
Let’s be honest: a meal isn’t anything without amazing side dishes. Source from delicious market vegetables that are in season now.
Radicchio and Beets
Impressively colorful, the sweet red beets counter balance the bitter radicchio, all tied together with some bright pomegranate seeds.
Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
A fun reconfiguration of that potato gratin, get a delight market cauliflower and cover it in cheesy goodness.
We’ve got to get our greens in somehow, so use this dish to get those green and leafies in your holiday meal. We recommend using market-fresh spinach for extra flavor.
Roasted Brussels with Warm Honey Glaze
Sweet and salty, plus a little spice to liven up these sprouts for your dinner table.
Carrots with Yogurt Parsley Dressing
Carrots this time of year are so sweet and delightful, you have to bring them to the party. Add a bit of flavor with orange juice and top with market fresh yogurt for a dish everyone will be fighting over.
Add something that will impress even your most intense holiday critics: a tart with delicious winter ingredients.
Squash + Onion Tart
Layer these beautiful winter delights for a hearty savory tart.
Shallot Tart Tatin
Market shallots prepared this way will really make their flavors shine, so grab so many of these ingredients from the markets and enjoy!
Our farmers raise animals with the utmost care, so that will make these delicious main dishes better than you’ve ever had them.
Milk Braised Pork
This pork is the perfect centerpiece of your meal, tender from braising and you end up with a flavorful sauce to serve it with.
Classic Roast Chicken
Throw some market veggies under there for a truly market fresh meal in the middle of your winter holidays.
Cocktails, of course
And what’s a holiday without some cocktails to spice up the party?
The markets are filled with holiday joy, so stop by this weekend and next to celebrate with your Washington Farmers!
University District Farmers Market: Open Saturday 12/22, 9am-2pm and Saturday 12/29, 9am-2pm.
West Seattle Farmers Market: Open Sunday, 12/23, 10am-2pm and Sunday, 12/30, 10am-2pm
Capitol Hill Farmers Market: Open Sunday, 12/23, 11am-3pm and Sunday 12/30, 11am-3pm
By Nina Gruber